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Over the past few years, there has been increased interest in hiring Wireless Specialists. These skilled IT professionals are responsible for designing and managing an organization's wireless infrastructure. This means they must sift through the proliferation of new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies to identify and recommend the best possible products to meet company needs and expectations. Keeping in mind the various types of wireless equipment being used by the company and its employees, Wireless Specialists determine efficient integration plans for all the hardware and software components. They also need to decide which networking protocols are most appropriate to utilize as well as the security measures that must be implemented. IT pros in the wireless field are always challenged with balancing the conflicting demands of budgetary cost considerations with the desired flexibility and usability of the technology.
To be successful in this role, it is helpful to have general understanding of network operating systems, desktop application solutions, network protocols and server technology. Some helpful certifications to have are CWNA, CWSP, and Wireless#.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|